He's no diplomat but he has survived nine foreign ministers: meet the Czech Foreign Ministry's 50 year old mascot Pepik. Corruption is a serious problem, but it's giving Czechs a lot of laughs. And, an earthquake rattles window panes in the eastern part of the Czech Republic. Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.
Letna Plain - just a stone's throw from Prague Castle - was the venue for a colourful cultural event. Letni Letna, or Summer Letna, featured a wide variety of performers, including the world famous Cirque Baroque from France. Letni Letna has just come to an end, and I caught one of the last performances.
Has the romance fizzled out of your marriage? Be extra cautious on the road! Bedrich Smetana's opera The Bartered Bride to premiere at the Divoka Sarka open air theatre after an 83 year break. And, fishermen go green with envy over a prize catch brought by the recent local floods! Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.
The evening calm of Prague's Vltava River has been disrupted this week by a lively theatre production on board a 276-foot tugboat. While cruising on the river in the very heart of Prague, audiences have been enthralled by a theatre adaptation of Russian author Alexandr Glin's maritime fairytale Nachove plachty or Purple Sails as it's known in English. Purple Sails is the brainchild of Petr and Matej Forman - the twin sons of renowned film director Milos Forman. It was first presented in Prague in 2000 as a special event to mark the Czech capital's
The leading American scholar of Czech theatre, Professor Emeritus of Theatre at the University at Albany, Jarka Burian, has died at the age of 78 in the United States. Jarka Burian was born in 1927 to a Czech family living in New York. He served at the University of Albany from 1955 to 1993, and also taught at Cornell, Berkeley and a number of other universities. He published many books on Czech theatre. His work "Modern Czech Theatre: Reflector and Conscience of a Nation", published in 2000, was described as the definitive historical and critical study of Czech theatre of the last century."
It was exactly three years ago that devastating floods swept through the Czech Republic. One of the most seriously affected areas was the Prague district of Karlin, where flood waters were up to four metres deep. At the heart of the district one of its main landmarks, the Karlin Musical Theatre, was completely wrecked. It had been a hugely popular venue, celebrated for its operettas and musicals, but has stood empty ever since - a sombre reminder of the drama of 2002. But now a huge renovation is underway, preserving what can be kept of the original
In the summer there really is no shortage of music festivals to visit throughout the Czech Republic but none is, arguably, as original and diverse as Pacovsky Polednik, held in August. Now in its 6th year, the festival takes its name from the town where it's held - Pacov - in the Czech-Moravian highlands, located on the 15th meridian - patnacty polednik - in Czech.
One of the Czech Republic's most popular public figures, Culture Minister Pavel Dostal, died on Sunday at the age of 62. Mr Dostal - playwright, theatre director, anti-Communist dissident and cabinet minister - had been fighting cancer of the pancreas for the past year. Rob Cameron looks back at a colourful life and a remarkable career.
If you want to visit a theatre in Prague, summer is not the best time. Even though there are dozens of theatres in the city performing all year round, a lot of them close for the summer months of July and August, others have only a few performances during the summer. Two theatres decided to take advantage of this gap and organized a small theatre festival called "Leto u more" - "Summer by the Sea".
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